What are we asking for?

As I have been reading “In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day.” by Mark Batterson it has given me alot to think about. One quote that I wanted to share with you is found on pg 24 it says, “Too often our prayers revolve around asking God to reduce the odds in our lives. We want everything in our favor. But maybe God wants to stack the odds against us so we can experience a miracle of divine proportions. Maybe faith is trusting God no matter how impossible the odds are. Maybe our impossible situations are opportunities to experience a new dimension of God’s glory.”
I think there are times we all encounter this. There are times we all want things to be handed to us on a silver platter and not face those trying times but what if it is during those trying times that people will be able to see God the most in our lives. Think about the people in the Bible that we love to talk about and the things they went through. Like Moses, his people had been freed, they are leaving, and then the Egyptians are coming after them…what if the story went something like this…Moses saw the Egyptians coming so he prayed to God to rescue them from these trying situations so God provided a traffic jam of camels where they were backed up “hump to hump” and then the Israelites boarded some boats and went across the Red Sea.” Not even close to the miracle that God provided for Moses as he parted the Red Sea. What about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego what if when they said they were going to be faithful to God and they were going to be thrown into the fiery furnace the king couldn’t find anything to start the fire with so they decided to throw them in another day. How boring! But we know that is not what happened these three young men where tossed into the furnace that was heated 7 times hotter that day so hot it killed the people that even threw them into the fire and these 3 men were left without a scratch or burn mark! Not that is God showing how powerful he truly is. These are the kind of stories in the Bible that stick out to us, that we remember, that have had a powerful impact on our lives but many times we don’t want to come across those same situations. We want easy street and I am guilty of this myself at times. However what if the big situations that are going on in your lives right now are not problems but really opportunities for God to show himself in light of your situation?
In Psalm 139:5 David is talking about God and he says, “I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there too.” God is not someone who created you and has now taken a step back to see what happens but, he is actively involved in your life. Trust in God to be there in those good times and in the times that seem like there is no way out. He is a God that can do immeasurably more than we could ever imagine!

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